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Monthly Archives: August 2013

One Track Mind: Compete in Park City’s Mid Mountain Marathon

Aug. 29th 2013

On Saturday, September 7th, SCARPA is pleased to help trail runners of greater Park City lace up for the 9th annual Mid Mountain Marathon. Runners of all strides will make their way through the alpine wilds of the Wasatch Range as they take on one of the most scenic race courses in North America.

The race itself is a mountain trail run that connects three world-class resorts: Deer Valley, Park City and the Canyons. Unlike traditional road marathons, the nature of mountain terrain creates new objective hazards, obstacles, and is ultimately more challenging – physically and mentally. That said, it’s still way better than pounding pavement. Slithering through aspen lined ridges, gullies, and meadows, where the average elevation is above 8,000 feet, racers have the added challenge of elevation if they make a move for trail running glory.

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SCARPA Freedom Freeride Boots Earn 8 Awards from 5 Top Ski Magazines

Aug. 27th 2013

The results are in, and the verdict speaks for itself: SCARPA’s new Freedom SL and Freedom series freeride ski boots earned eight awards this season from Powder, Ski, Skiing, Freeskier and Backcountry Magazines.

Freedom SL Women’s

The unique feature of the Freedom series boots is how well they balance downhill performance with the ability to walk and tour like a backcountry boot. The Freedoms aren’t the first to go after this market. But, several editors said, they’re the best yet in that category of boots.

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The Natural Path: Meet SCARPA’s new Marketing Coordinator Tristan Hobson

Aug. 22nd 2013

The outdoors has always been a part of Tristan Hobson’s life, so why ruin a good thing? SCARPA’s new marketing coordinator grew up playing in the woods and backpacking before he could walk. He knew how to snowboard before he could write in cursive, and could tie into a rope and place an ice screw before he had a college degree. So, it was only a natural path for him to land a job in the outdoor industry. We sat the freshman down for a quick chat about his months on the job, and got his take on becoming part of the SCARPA family.

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Pete Tapley and Scott Adamson Establish First Free Route on East Face of Moose’s Tooth

Aug. 20th 2013

*Photos by PeteTapleyImageWorks and Scott Adamson

SCARPA athlete, Pete Tapley is a professional mountain guide and climbing instructor out of Bozeman, Montana. Over twenty years of experience lend a hand to Pete’s impressive instructing and climbing resume. For the past eight years, Pete has worked with Montana Alpine Guides and Andes Mountain Guides. He also contributes photography and written work to Alpinist, Backcountry, Climberism Magazine, and others.

Despite frigid temperatures, Scott Adamson and I established the first free route on the East Face of The Moose’s Tooth on April 14th. We climbed the 5,000-ft. face in a single, 27-hour push.

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Climbing for Bugs: Majka Burnhardt uses Climbing to Conserve Wildlife

Aug. 16th 2013

Professional climber and SCARPA athlete, Majka Burhardt, along with professional climber Kate Rutherford, are taking a hiatus from their typical climbing routines to advance a cause that ironically, presented itself to them through their passion to climb. The two women have started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a research mission on East Africa’s Mozambique Mountain to find new species of insects and reptiles, and build a conservation plan with local conservationists to help protect and preserve “one of the world’s most precious biodiversity hotspots”.

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Ongoing Ascension: Climber Nina Caprez gets Better and Better

Aug. 14th 2013

Nina Caprez’ climbing career started differently from most people in that she graduated to sport climbing from trad climbing. From humble mountaineering beginnings, the now SCARPA athlete found the athleticism and focus of sport climbing very alluring. And now she does both very well. The 25-year-old Swiss climber already has an impressive competitive World Cup resume, representing Switzerland in Lead and Bouldering comps. Her next chapter is concentrating on multi-pitch routes that require expert stamina and skill. And, maybe after that, she says, she’ll start thinking about having some babies…but there’s no rush.

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City of Rocks: Dirt-Bagging as the Great Equalizer

Aug. 12th 2013
Photo Courtesy: David Crothers

Just after the recent Outdoor Retailer show, a number of SCARPA team members escaped the Salt Lake City heat by driving three hours north to southern Idaho’s City of Rocks with a group of climbing media and industry friends. Here, SCARPA ambassador Shingo Ohkawa recounts high points of the trip:

Under the clearest night sky I’d ever seen at the City of Rocks, I sat by the fire with Heinz Mariacher, listening as he described the remarkable lives of the nomadic Tuareg people who inhabit the arid lands of southern Algeria where the maestro now devotes much of his time.

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Precise Power Moves with the SCARPA Vapor V

Aug. 7th 2013

The Vapor V’s power starts under the front of the shoe with Bi-tension Active Rands that direct power to key parts of the shoe to offer higher performance paired with better comfort than a traditional slingshot rand.

On the toe box, the Vapor V uses synthetic microsuede, which stretches without stretching out. Underfoot, a Vibram XS Edge sole balances superb grip with durability.

At home in a variety of more technical climbing situations, the Vapor V embodies SCARPA and Climbing Line Manager Heinz Mariacher’s philosophy of using active-tensioned rands to consistently improve performance while also making rock shoes more comfortable.

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Ski Mountaineering the Grand Teton with Jason Dorais

Aug. 1st 2013

When Jason Dorais and longtime ski buddy, Lars Kjerengtroen tackled the the Grand Teton this spring, they lucked out with near perfect conditions for ski mountaineering. The snowpack they encountered while cramponing up Tepee Glacier and then to the Glencoe Couloir proved to be stable in the early morning. But as they reached the Stettner Couloir, the bright sun was causing snowmelt, increasing the chance of wet slab avalanches, so the team increased their climbing pace to reach the summit before conditions became too dangerous.

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